Peter Diamandis’ Top Tech Picks for 2015

Renowned futurist Peter Diamandis, the author of “Abundance – the Future is Better Than You Think” and founder of the XPrize and the Singularity University, shared his top 11 tech picks for 2015 on Linkedin.

Diamandis’ Top 11 Technologies for 2015 – Annotated List

  1. Peter DiamandisVirtual Reality: There will be a lot more action on the virtual and augmented reality front, thanks to immersive interfaces like the Oculus Rift and game changers like Magic Leap (in which Google just invested over $500 million). Recently Diamandis wrote about virtual workplaces you plug into using VR gear to interact with other virtual workers on a daily basis.
  2. Mass-market robots: 2015 is going to see the introduction of consumer-friendly robots in a store near you.
  3. Autonomous vehicles: Beyond Google, many major car brands are working on autonomous solutions. Tesla has already demonstrated “autopilot” on its Model D, and Audi sent a driverless vehicle on a nearly 550-mile journey to show off their technology at CES 2015.
  4. Drones everywhere: They’re getting cheaper, easier to use, more automated, and are now finding more useful and lucrative applications. Consumer drones equipped with high-quality cameras and autopilot software are military-grade surveillance units now finding application in agriculture, construction and energy applications.
  5. Wireless power: Companies like uBeam, Ossia and others are developing solutions to charge your phones, laptops, wearables, etc. wirelessly as you go about your business. Imagine having your phone in your pocket, purse or backpack, and it will be charging as you walk around the room.
  6. Data & machine learning: There is gold in your data. This year will see data collection and mining that data becoming more turn-key. Companies built around algorithms will become much more prevalent and common in 2015, and larger companies can explore partnering with IBM’s Watson Ecosystem and participate in the next generation of cognitive apps.
  7. Large-scale genome sequencing and data mining: In 2015, we will see explosive, exponential growth in genomics and longevity research.
  8. Sensor explosion: The combination of sensors and wearables, increased connectivity, new manufacturing methods (like 3D printing), and improved data mining capabilities will create a smart, connected world – the Internet of Things.
  9. Voice-control and “language-independent” interaction. Recently, Facebook purchased advanced voice-recognition technology to build a platform for its entry in the Internet of Things (IoT) industry. Concerning translation technology, Google Translate does a good offline job already. In the future, Skype will translate your words in near-realtime while you are video-Skyping someone else on the other side of the planet. At this moment, Skype’s “Live Translate” serves English/Spanish translations.
  10. 3D Printing: The number of applications is increasing, and printers, scanners, and CAD modelling software will become more accessible, cheaper, and easier to use. According to Gartner, 3D Printing will be a huge market by 2018.
  11. Bitcoin: While 2014 was a rough year for Bitcoin (it was ranked the “worst performing currency”), I Diamandis is optimistic that 2015 will be a better year for the cryptocurrency. Emerging smartphone markets in developing countries, better “interfaces”, and more commercial adopters, who accept Bitcoin as a form of payment, will all play a role in a brighter Bitcoin future. Recently, Diamandis wrote that Bitcoin is going from deceptive to disruptive. It eliminates the need for banks, gets rid of credit card fees, currency exchange fees, money transfer fees, and middlemen. Most importantly, it is an “exponential currency” that will change the way we think about money, much the same way email changed the way we thought of mail.

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Giulio Prisco is a freelance writer specialized in science, technology, business and future studies.